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I gave my uncle my old computer cause his crapped out. This one is really slow it can do word and web browsing but youtube is really choppy and unwatchable. It has 256mb of ram.. I was wondering if i upgrade the ram is it really worth it? The sticks of 512mb are like 27$. Its 168 pin ddr 113. I think i could even upgrade the gpu but i dont even know if its going to make a significant difference it doesn't even have a PCI Express Slot.


It's an old FutureShop brand computer from around 2003. I snapped some pics and would like to know if it's worth the upgrade considering my uncle is tight on money right now. He just wants to be able to go on youtube and watch videos and be able to use word, email etc.


If you could help me out that would be great!

Thanks







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I think it's best if he saves up to build a new pc, this would cost too much to fix/update and even then, the performance increase will be small.
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You will have to find out more info on the MOBO. I have found it to be not worth it when upgrading dinosaur computers. I have tried twice and just ended up aggravated. The first time I just jumped into upgrading memory like you want to and ordered up 2GB of the correct ram for the computer. No boot. Faulty RAM? Incorrect RAM? So I ordered up 1GB of RAM. Same issue. It was cheap to do but now I have 2 sets of RAM that don't work in the computer I'm trying to use them in.

In the other I looked up the specs and everything for the MOBO first. It said it was capable of 2GB ram and xx clock speeds etc etc. I ordered up some RAM and it wasn't correct. They sent DDR2 instead of DDR. Sent that back and got DDR RAM and wouldn't you know it, no boot condition on this PC either. I didn't even mess with it anymore. For $300 bucks I just build new.

What you do is up to you but I would check and double check everything before you buy/order to save a headache. Just figured I would share my experience.
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It's not worth it. That looks to be a really old OEM board. Locked bios, fsb probably 533, not even an agp slot. I imagine the chipset ( I am assuming a i865) will take a max of 512mb ram (intel did that for some odd reason]. Even if you had all the parts lying around for free ei. decent pci graphics card, another stick of ram, the best cpu the board could accept, it still wouldn't really help. It's just too old.
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way to old to do anything, that thing is using SDRAM I would not even try to bother fixing it up probably dates back to 2001-2002
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